Government Relations & Advocacy
The Advocacy Handbook for your review prior to the
2016 Delegate Assembly is now posted below:
This year’s Delegate Assembly to determine NASB’s legislative and leadership initiatives for 2017 will take place Friday, November 18, at 8:00 AM, in conjunction with the State Education Conference. To better prepare you and your board’s voting representative for the Delegate Assembly, please download, review, and bring the Advocacy Handbook with you in La Vista. All items within the Advocacy Handbook will be considered by this Assembly. Each board should select one board member to represent the district or ESU, although multiple members from each board may attend.
NASB serves as an advocate for public education and local school governance, and is YOUR collective voice in the Legislature.
- NASB strives to serve and inspire its members to work as a team with legislators and state officials to secure laws and regulations that benefit Nebraska’s public schools.
- NASB represents the interests of school board members with our state lawmakers, lobbying in support of the school boards and local control.
- NASB works for and with YOU to secure laws and regulations that benefit public schools.
- NASB is guided by a legislative agenda that is developed annuall by YOU, initiated with submissions from YOU, and approved at the NASB's Delegate Assembly each November by YOU.
To have a say in future legislation, click here
to send us your Legislative Submissions. Submissions for the upcoming year are due July 1, but ideas are accepted for future consideration year round:
Matt Belka | Nebraska Association of School Boards
1311 Stockwell Street | Lincoln, NE 68502
mbelka@NASBonline.org | FAX 402-423-4961
*You may also contact Matt Belka for assistance in drafting your Board’s proposals.
60 Days are in the books ...
April 20, 2016 - The chamber lights are now figuratively off until next January 2017. From a school board perspective, what started off fast, slowed down some before picking up again at the end.
450 bills were introduced to start this session. NASB, and the Legislation Committee, then set its sights on about 65 of those. Add in 19 carryover bills that had the potential to come into play from the 2015 session and there were a total of 84 bills on our radar the past few months.
Included in those 84 were six bills introduced on NASB’s behalf. Of those six, three ended up being signed into law by the Governor.
- LB 874 (Murante) - Change procedures for filling vacancies on school boards. This bill makes the vacancy law for schools the same as other political sub-divisions. Specifically, if a vacancy occurs in the first two years of a term the bill will allow the appointed person to serve until the end of the term as opposed to until the next election.
- LB 876 (Murante) - Authorize electronic voting devices for public bodies in public meetings. Allows school boards to use electronic devices for voting like other political subdivisions.
- LB 1002 (Baker) - Permit educational service unit boards to pay membership dues to associations of school boards.
NSBA Advocates For Public Education
The National School Boards Association advocates for public education. Their Office of Federal Advocacy and Public Policy represents the interests of 90,000 local school board members in Congress allowing us to be heard at the federal level and within other public policy forums pertinent to public education. They prioritize such federal efforts as federal funding, early childhood education and have recently kicked off the “Stand up 4 Public Schools” campaign to bring a collective voice in support of public education.
Click here for the NSBA Federal Legislative Priorities
Click here for more information on Stand Up 4 Public Schools